After years of organizing, Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) won their union through a historic non-NLRB election. Grads at Brown are organizing to improve support for grad parents, international students, and ending sexual harassment on campus, in addition to improving wages and benefits. We’re excited about changing the power structure in academia to recognize the value that graduate workers add to the university. Brown works because we do!
– Anna Zalokostas, NUGW Member
University of Chicago
“As the Trump NLRB looks for ways to roll back our rights as workers, we need to organize for a different future. When grad workers come together, we can secure better working conditions and a more democratic university.”
Trish Kahle, GSU Member
University of Oregon
“The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation has represented graduate employees at the University of Oregon for over 40 years. In that time, we’ve achieved one of the best health insurance programs in the nation for graduate workers, significant yearly salary increases, and a number of gains for our most vulnerable members including gender-neutral restroom standards, protections for international graduate workers, and lactation spaces and childcare subsidies for parents.
Without a union, the university could treat us however they wanted and you can be sure they wouldn’t give us these things out of the kindness of their hearts. It takes graduate workers coming together to fight for a better life and working conditions, and the best way to do that is through a union!”
– Mike Magee, GTFF President